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Rumored OnePlus Mini to Feature Side-Touch and More

October 12, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

The OnePlus Mini or the OnePlus X is slated to be OnePlus’ third smartphone, and it appears to be made for the Indian market. As it’s supposedly going to be a really cheap smartphone, which would do really well in India. Not to mention, OnePlus and other Chinese OEM’s have been expanding into India quite a bit lately. Now we’re hearing rumors about the features that are coming in the OnePlus Mini, which include Side-Touch and ClearForce.

What exactly is ClearForce? Basically it’s like Apple’s 3D Touch, Synaptics S3708 is the first touchscreen controller for ClearForce, and it is quite likely that OnePlus will be using their controller for ClearForce in the OnePlus Mini. In addition to that, OnePlus is also adding a feature known as SideTouch. This is advanced hover-detection at up to 25mm. This is a feature that is included on the recently announced Xiaomi Mi4c.

While it’s likely that OnePlus will be using this controller from Synaptics, it’s unknown whether OnePlus will take full advantage of it. Although it is highly likely. In addition to possibly have side-touch and ClearForce, The OnePlus Mini is also going to be sporting a 5-inch 1920×1080 IPS panel. It’ll be covered in 2.5D Gorilla Glass, the same Gorilla Glass that Xiaomi used on their Mi Note/Mi Note Pro, as well as Samsung on the Galaxy Note 5 earlier this year. It’s also rumored that the OnePlus Mini will sport two front-facing 1.2W stereo speakers. For the camera, rumors are pointing to a 13MP sensor from Sony in the form of their IMX258. It will not have Optical Image Stabilization, but it will have Phase Detection Autofocus and Electronic Image Stabilization.

OnePlus had sent out invites for an event on October 12th (which is today), where many had thought that the company would unveil the OnePlus Mini, but it turns out that OnePlus was announcing the fact they are joining the “Made in India” campaign, and setting up a factory in India for making their products. Thanks to a partnership with Foxconn. So we are still unsure of when OnePlus will announce the OnePlus Mini, or if it will even be in 2015.